Names That Will Define the Next Decade

December 13, 2019 Pamela Redmond
future baby names

Given that we’re looking at all things decade-related, we analyzed which baby names dominated the 2010s. Read our analysis in the New York Times and on Nameberry

But if you’re expecting a baby at the end of 2019 or in 2020, you’re probably more concerned about which names are going to pop in the 2020s. What names are the Margot and Magnus, the Arya and Azariah of the next ten years?

To find out, we analyzed the 500+ names we identified as appearing among the Social Security Top 1000 baby names at the end of this decade that weren’t there at the end of the last. What traits did they have in common, and what trajectory did they share? And which names share those traits now and so are likely to p0p over the next decade?

Expectant parents might want to use this list as a guide to names that are distinctive now but that will feel more stylish and in step with the times in the future. Or parents in search of rare names likely to stay uncommon will want to avoid these choice.

Here, 100 baby names that may seem sleepy now, but that are most likely to define the decade ahead.


  1. Acacia
  2. Adelia
  3. Alba
  4. Andromeda
  5. Austen
  6. Avalon
  7. Beatrix
  8. Billie
  9. Birdie
  10. Calla
  11. Cassia
  12. Cecily
  13. Clover
  14. Darcy
  15. Delphine
  16. Echo
  17. Eira
  18. Eleanora
  19. Ellery
  20. Elowen
  21. Enid
  22. Ezri
  23. Fern
  24. Flora
  25. Halo
  26. Ida
  27. Imogen
  28. Indigo
  29. Isadora
  30. Jubilee
  31. Jules
  32. Keziah
  33. Lark
  34. Leonora
  35. Lilac
  36. Lux
  37. Maple
  38. Marguerite
  39. Marigold
  40. Nyx
  41. Pandora
  42. Persephone
  43. Quincy
  44. Ripley
  45. Romy
  46. Snow
  47. Susannah
  48. Theodora
  49. True
  50. Vida


  1. Abner
  2. Adler
  3. Ansel
  4. Aries
  5. Aurelius
  6. Bastian
  7. Bear
  8. Blaise
  9. Boaz
  10. Booker
  11. Boris
  12. Bram
  13. Caius
  14. Casimir
  15. Casper
  16. Clement
  17. Cormac
  18. Cosmas
  19. Cove
  20. Elio
  21. Emir
  22. Finnian
  23. Hawk
  24. Huck
  25. Indigo
  26. Lazarus
  27. Leif
  28. Leopold
  29. Lev
  30. Linus
  31. Loyal
  32. Lucius
  33. McCoy
  34. Montgomery
  35. Morris
  36. Murray
  37. Nile
  38. Noble
  39. Orson
  40. Osiris
  41. Ozias
  42. Simeon
  43. Teo
  44. Thor
  45. Truman
  46. Valor
  47. West
  48. Willis
  49. Wolf
  50. Zeus

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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